Hand-made crackers. Kits available – add your gift and embellish.
We are open on Sunday 8th December from 10am-4pm to celebrate the Abergavenny Christmas Food & Drink Fair.
Stock up on all your Christmas foods - fresh and cured meats, cheeses and chocolates, cakes and desserts, wines, liqueurs and more… from over 90 producers.
Come and visit our festive display in the market hall. A table decked with hedgerow gathered berries, twigs and branches; gilded walnuts and leaves threaded with gold; unique hand-made crackers; delicious Christmas delights and exquisite ceramics by contemporary makers. Personalise your festivities…
A cupboard for children…
painting by Daniel Williams
Christmas has come to The Art Shop and The Long Winter Show is now open…
Upstairs in the gallery, an eclectic collection of paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, automata, jewellery, and ceramics.
(Click here to read more and see a selection of artwork on our exhibitions page)
Downstairs our shop is brimming with special gifts…wrappings, ribbons, artist’s cards, bespoke art kits – colouring, drawing, painting and writing – and beautiful children’s activity and story books. Truly something for everyone and perhaps a few unexpected surprises too…
Our cupboard for children is decorated with hand cut Khadi paper, crepe paper and our sumptuous platinum tissue. Inside you’ll find old favourites such as the Dover Coloured Fairy Tales alongside new award winning illustrated titles.
Visit our online shop or come and see us. Don’t forget Late Night Shopping Thursday December 12th, when the best independent shops in town will be open until 8pm.
Now available from our online shop three of our best selling books on drawing. It is hard to find really good art technique books that explore contemporary practice and process in an inspiring and revealing way. These are our firm favourites…
‘The Drawing Book‘ by Sarah Simblet – a comprehensive guide for beginner or expert. Will take you through the basics onto more advanced techniques.
‘Drawing Projects - an exploration of the language of drawing’ - the best book around to learn about freedom of expression through mark making.
‘Drawing and Painting People – a Fresh Approach’ - an unpretentious and non-academic approach to drawing and painting. Will allow you to become more expressive and adventurous, building confidence by taking risks.
Find out more at our online shop…
Matt & Amanda Caines – Small collection of Kinetic Creatures
Matt & Amanda Caines – Parade of Puppets
This year as part of our Abergavenny Food Festival celebrations, we have invited artists, Matt and Amanda Caines to create something completely unique outside in front of our shop.
They are transforming their Pop -Up Stall into an extraordinary Theatre of events…
…Puppet making workshops for children and adults. All ingredients supplied for printmaking, drawing, collaging and embellishing. Just turn up and assemble your own magical puppet. With an exhibition of Matt and Amanda’s artwork, including small kinetic scrimshaw work, hand carved and engraved and larger puppet works (see images).
Don’t forget to come inside and enjoy our delicious spread!
Front room upstairs
Our new exhibition ‘Magical Thinking‘ is now open and runs until 26th October.
It is such a pleasure to be showing this first solo show by Philippa Robbins, a new, emerging talent. Paintings, drawings, Mexican tin nichos, Russian dolls, maquettes… this really is a whole cast of supporting works.
Marceline - acrylic on board in tin nicho
Marceline (see image left) is a beautiful Devon Rex kitten, just a few months old, belonging to Philippa’s daughter. She became something of a celebrity at the private view, quietly sitting upstairs away from the bussle but happily welcoming visitors, so affectionate.
See below for more images of the gallery and works…
Clementina van der Walt – earthenware ceramics
Matt Caines – a cupboard full of shed antler carvings
Summer is here and so is our annual garden inspired mixed show. Painters, printmakers, sculptors, jewellers and ceramic artists have all contributed to make this year’s ‘Artist in the Garden’ a colourful, lush and verdant mix of art.
Ceramics by Clementina van der Walt - Newly arrived from Cape Town, piles of cream plates and earthy bowls interspersed with vermillion and indian yellow.
A cupboard full of exquisite sculptures by Matt Caines, carved from shed antler and inspired by traditional Inuit carving. Last year Matt spent 6 weeks on a scholarship in Yellowknife, Northern Canada, learning traditional carving techniques. New collection of slipware platters and vessels by regular artist, Dylan Bowen. Read More
Just in time for summer, the Derwent Carry All Bag will hold absolutely everything you need for working outdoors.
Mixed media artist, Amanda Caines, shows us what she uses hers for…
‘I bought this bag recently thinking it would hold all my pens, paper and perhaps a sketchbook, but it has also taken all my stitchwork, embroidery threads, frames, glasses, small camera, phone and my keys. I am completely self contained, ready for travel… and I can even continue working in bed its so portable!’
See one of Amanda’s embroidery pieces below. A collection of her jewellery is now on display in our summer show.
We have put together a Carry All Bag Selection of Artists Colour Pencils for our online shop, an extremely versatile palette of colours with plenty of room to add to. Look at our full range of bespoke kits online, for example…
Botanical Starter Kit
Ultimate Drawing Roll
Roll Selection of Artists Colour Pencils
…or why not make up your own personal kit for traveling this summer.